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George Will's False Argument Against Football

David1454 Wrote: Aug 08, 2012 8:23 AM
There is not much conflict between these positions. Will focused on ever-increasing brain injuries, not mortality. You can survive to a normal life expectancy with a defective brain. And sorry to point this out, but it is not only positive traits that are encouraged by football. In my high school, essentially all of the bullies and overall jerks were on the football team. In fact, if you made a list of the biggest jerks and compared it with the football roster... Hey, wait! It's the same list!
dahni Wrote: Aug 08, 2012 12:24 PM
In my HS Football, in Oklahoma, 6 of the starters graduated from college. 2 became police officers. 2 became career military, one Army and one Air Force, and one became Asst. Director of the City Public Service Company. The President of the Senior Class, the President of the Spanish Club, The President of the Student Council, etc. yep all football players.

Of those going to college, 2 played football there as well. One graduated and joined the Navy, and became 2nd in command of a Nuclear Submarine. The other went on for a PhD in Mathematics. None of the football players ever got arrested (that I know of).

Those who have convinced themselves that American football is incurably violent and shortens the life expectancy of those who play it -- I am thinking of George Will -- ought to read the study the American Journal of Cardiology published in March on the mortality of former NFL players.

Men who played in the NFL for at least five years over a period of three decades, the study demonstrated, had a lower mortality rate than the general population of American males.

However, in The Washington Post on Sunday, George Will wrote: "Various unsurprising studies indicate high early mortality rates...